Illegal call centre targetting Australians busted in Kolkata, 15 arrested – India Today

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Kolkata Police cracked down on an illegal call centre and arrested 15 people for duping Australian nationals.

cash worth Rs 14 lakh, three mobile phones, stamp, and money-counting machine was recovered by the Kolkata Police.

By Suryagni Roy: The Kolkata Police busted a gang involved in cheating Australian nationals. Fifeteen people were arrested from the residence of the racket’s mastermind, Pratikant Singh.

The accused impersonated officials of Telstra Corporation Limited, made VOIP calls and lured the victims to shell out money, saying non-payment would lead to disconnection of their internet services.

The accused were arrested from New Alipore and Salt Lake.


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“We came to know that Pratikant Singh used to control the cyber crime that was being run in the New Alipore area. Proof of his deep involvement came to the fore in the retrieved WhatsApp chats of at least two accused who were arrested from the New Alipore call centre. These accused are Rahul Mondal and Avishek Roy. Singh was on the run but his movements were being tracked,” said a senior Kolkata Police official.

Singh, 29, was arrested from his home in Behala. Rs 14 lakh in cash, three mobile phones, stamps, and a money-counting machine were seized from him.